Meet the Team

Caren Cooper

Associate Professor

Caren Cooper joined NC State in March 2016 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Leadership in Public Science. She is an associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources in the College of Natural Resources. Her research focuses on ornithology and conservation, and relies heavily on citizen science, open science and science communication. She also studies human dimensions of citizen science, nature-based recreationists, the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems, and the societal implications of participatory research. Her citizen science lab focuses on bird behavior and reproduction, stewardship and conservation in residential systems, and community pollution bio-monitoring and mapping.

Brianna Johns

Campus Coordinator

Brianna is an undergraduate student at NC State pursuing a B.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in International Studies. She is a co-founder of Citizen Science Club at NC State, the first undergraduate student organization focused on citizen science. She has also served as the program assistant to the Leadership in Public Science faculty cluster. Her interests include community science, equity in STEM education, and interdisciplinary approaches to scientific research. She was awarded a grant for the 2019-2020 academic year from NC State’s Office of Undergraduate Research to study university student perspectives on citizen science.

Cameron Bowen

Content Specialist

Cameron Bowen joined the Citizen Science Campus team as a Content Specialist in October 2019. He received his B.A. in English from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Technical Communication here at N.C. State. Cameron’s hobbies include cheering on the Wolfpack and spending time with his dog, Olsen.